In The Garden

Spring is my favorite time in the garden at Chestnut Cottage.  It is a very busy time and 2018 was no exception!  There is so much to do in the spring garden after the lovely tulips and daffodils have had their show!  There are over thirty window boxes and planters to fill…but not before Mother’s Day.  My grandmother was insistent that no annuals go out before Mother’s Day, for fear of a late frost.  I abide by that little rule and this year, I must admit that I did them the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend!

The English roses were lovely this spring…especially these David Austin Graham Thomas!

But the real star of the Chestnut Cottage garden in spring are my peonies…all 32 plants of them!


I’ve started a collection of peonies and I was inspired to do so by a new book by English author Jane Eastoe.

This book was a nice addition to the library at Chestnut Cottage.  She also has another book I added, Vintage Roses.



The garden at Chestnut Cottage has suffered this season from TOO MUCH RAIN! But a gardener must persevere and hope for a more balanced garden season next year!

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4 Responses to In The Garden

  1. Cindy says:

    Well lucky you Kathryn, at least you had rain, out here in California we haven’t seen such a beautiful thing as rain in sometime…so my garden of roses look pitiful….for some reason though, my azaleas just keep on blooming….shaded but hot this summer.

  2. Cindy says:

    PS and those peonies in that flow blue vase are just gorgeous…you have that special touch with all that you do, Miss Kathryn.

  3. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Hi Cindy,
    I guess there’s a reason we all can’t control the weather!…too much here, not enough there. Sorry your roses aren’t great, neither are mine!

  4. PATRICIA H. Flournoy says:

    welcome back…I so enjoy your posts!

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